Toscano’s Origins of Krampus – the Anti-Santa!

 “Then he got an idea, a wonderful awful idea.” – Referring to the Grinch in How the Grinch Stole Christmas Book by Dr. Seuss, 1957 Last week on the Design Toscano Blog we discovered the long history of Santa Claus so it’s only fitting we move on to the original anti-Santa, Krampus. The Christmas season […]

Design Toscano’s History of Santa Claus

SANTA FACT: “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” written by J.F. Coots and H. Gillespie was first sung by Eddie Cantor on his radio show in 1934. To date, over two hundred artists have recorded this song! Have you even wondered where Santa Claus came from, and why he has so many names? Like so […]

DESIGN TOSCANO’S CHRISTMAS FAVORITES

“The Christmas spirit is a spirit of giving and forgiving.” –James Cash Penny The most wonderful time of the year is rapidly approaching and Toscano is offering to put you in a holly-jolly holiday mood! Our legendary collection can help the holidays become festive and bright with our selection of Holiday Décor and Ornaments for […]

Design Toscano’s Collectible Dragon Holiday Ornaments

“It simply isn’t an adventure worth telling if there aren’t any dragons.” –J.R.R. Tolkien For the last ten years, Design Toscano has been creating and issuing a new, exclusive dragon Christmas ornament to help get you into the holiday spirit and add some winter magic to your home. This season is a time to connect […]

Holiday Entertaining in Style: A Brief History of Punch

“I informed Mr. Micawber that I relied upon him for a bowl of punch and lead him to the lemons.” –Charles Dickens, from David Copperfield For hundreds of years guests and friends were brought together around the punch bowl and today providing a bowl of punch at your holiday party still conjures up a festive […]

Halloween: From Superstition to Celebration

Have you ever wondered where Halloween and its traditions came from? Or what jack-o-lanterns are for? Or how trick-or-treating got started? Let us tell you a tale… CELTIC BEGINNINGS The beginnings of Halloween are found in an over 2000 year old Celtic celebration known as Samhain (pronounced “sow-in”) meaning summers end. This Celtic festival marked […]

The Mystery of Glass: Appreciating the history and preserving the beauty of stained glass

“For me a stained glass window is a transparent partition between my heart and the heart of the world.” – Marc Chagall Glass is a sparkling, jewel-like substance made from ordinary materials: sand transformed by fire. It captures the light, glows from within and is colored by adding metallic salts and oxides. Minerals within the […]

The Story Continues: Game of Thrones, the Essence of Westeros

If you always wanted to make your home a castle in the style of Game of Thrones, we have everything you could want and more. With just a few statement pieces, you can keep the excitement and adventure alive and take control of Westeros with your decorating. “That’s what I do: I drink and I […]